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Brady bonds comprise commercial bank debt restructured under the Brady Plan. The Brady Plan was introduced in early 1989 and offers a comprehensive debt restructuring package for commercial bank debt. Under the plan commercial lenders/creditors can chose from a menu of instruments including buybacks, discount exchanges for debt stock reduction, and par exchanges at reduced interest rates for debt service reduction.

Eurobonds issued by the government of a developing country refinancing its debt to foreign commercial banks under a Brady-type agreement. The agreement is characterized by introduction of an IMF plan and the opportunity for the creditor to exchange its debt against a set of instruments aimed at satisfying both counterparts of the deal. The main features of Brady bonds are collateralization, debt reduction, debt-equity conversion, underwriting against new money, and options on oil revenues (Coordinated Portfolio Investment Survey Guide, Second Edition, International Monetary Fund, 2002, Washington DC. Appendix VI: Definition and Description of Instruments. Available at: http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/cpis/2002/pdf/cpis_index.pdf ).

Source Publication:
Joint BIS-IMF-OECD-World Bank statistics on external debt, metadata.

Cross References:
Brady Plan

Statistical Theme: Financial statistics - External debt

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Thursday, March 28, 2013